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ROTC seniors to begin assignments

first_imgThirty-nine Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets will be commissioned as officers at the Tri-Military ceremony in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Saturday. The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a reception in the Pasquerilla Center. The Army will commission 12 2nd lieutenants, the Air Force, 12 and the Marine Corps, six. The Navy will commission nine ensigns.Senior Thomas Capretta, cadet battalion commander of the Army ROTC Fightin’ Irish Battalion, said the commissioning involves taking an oath and getting the rank of Second Lieutenant pinned on each cadet’s uniform. Maj. Gen. Philip Volpe will be the speaker at the ceremony. Volpe, a Notre Dame alumnus, has had a long career in Army medicine, and has received various awards for his service.After the ceremony, the students will officially be commissioned officers of the military.  “Most will have four-year commitments, but some will have longer if their training costs more,” Col. Dennis Mitchell, commanding officer of the Air Force ROTC Unit, said. “For example, three will be going to one year of pilot training and will spend at least 10 years in the Air Force after training.”The Navy also requires four years of active service, with aviators requiring up to eight years after they receive their qualification wings, Lt. William Fensterer, assistant professor of naval science, said. Fensterer said Navy cadets will go to different locations depending on their preferences. “We have some heading to Pilot Training, Surface Ships, Submarine Training, Marine Corps Basic School, one to SEAL Training and one to a Naval Medical Center,” he said. The commissioning ceremony honors every graduating cadet in the ROTC program, but each senior also has the opportunity to do a private commissioning ceremony with his or her family at the Grotto or the east door of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.“These are done mostly on Friday, with a few done on Saturday. I will be doing my private commissioning ceremony at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Grotto,” said Marina Rodriguez, a senior Army cadet.While most ROTC seniors will go directly into the service after graduation, Rodriguez will delay her service a few years to enter medical school.“I am actually in a slightly different situation than most of my peers. I received an education delay authorizing me to delay my service commitment in order to allow me to attend medical school starting in the fall,” Rodriguez said. “So, unlike my peers who will begin their branch training and transition to their assigned units this year, I will be attending University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.”After finishing medical school, Rodriguez will be a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. She will have an eight-year service obligation that must be completed at the end of her residency. “As of right now, I plan to make a career out of the Army and will likely serve at least 20 years,” she said.Rodriguez said the most rewarding part of the ROTC program has been the strong friendships she built over the four years.“My classmates and fellow members of the battalion are some of the best friends I could ever hope for,” she said. “I have grown a lot during my time in ROTC.”Capretta also said the program has influenced his personal development and overall experience at Notre Dame. “ROTC has been an integral part of my college experience. The cadre and recent alumni of the Fightin’ Irish Battalion have been great mentors to me, and have influenced me more than anyone else in the past four years,” Capretta said. “The cadets in program have become some of my best friends at Notre Dame.”As cadet battalion commander of the Army ROTC Fightin’ Irish Battaltion, Capretta was responsible for training the 87 cadets currently in the battalion. In November, Capretta will head to Ft. Benning, Ga. for infantry officer training. After completing his training, he will go to Ft. Carson, Colo. for his first permanent station.“I’m not sure how long I will be in the Army. I can see a career, a four-year stint and anything in between as being possible right now,” he said.Capretta said that after his four years of ROTC training, he feels ready to enter the Army. “Speaking for my classmates, I think we all feel very well prepared for our first assignments in the real Army. The ROTC program here has done a great job of pushing us to improve ourselves,” Capretta said. “It has also given us many leadership opportunities to hone those skills that we will need as officers.”Rodriguez agreed that she feels prepared to move on to the next step. “The instructors here have done an excellent job in preparing us to enter the Army and to serve as leaders of our various units,” she said. “Joining ROTC was one of the best decisions I made during my time here at Notre Dame.”last_img read more

Which capital city will get you closest to the heart of action for less than $500,000

first_imgAt South Brisbane you can get a view like this for less than $220,000. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoThe Brisbane CBD had a median unit value of $473,101, while close by Spring Hill, $405,351, South Brisbane, $467,662, Kangaroo Point, $487,604 and Fortitude Valley, $396,391 were all within 1km of the city and still had unit prices of less than $500,000.In Sydney the closest you could get to the CBD for a median unit value of less than $500,000 was Lakemba at $435,314 – 12.4km from town.In Melbourne its CBD median value was $487,071, but after that buyers had to move further out to secure something for less than $500,000. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:04Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:04 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMay 1: Real Estate Market Wrap08:04 CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said while there were more affordable unit options closer to many CBDs than houses, in some capital cities it could still be hard to find.“While most Australians still aspire to own a house, the cost of well located houses, particularly in the larger capital cities, is restrictive,’’ he said.“As a result an increasing number of buyers are choosing to purchase more affordable units which offer the ability for owners to live in more desirable suburbs at a lower price point thanpurchasing a house.”Mr Kusher said most suburbs in Greater Brisbane had a median unit value below $500,000. “Even within the CBD and surrounds median unit values generally sit below $500,000 offering a much more affordable alternative, particularly in the inner city to houses.’’A search of realestate.com.au reveals there are 2639 units within the Greater Brisbane area with an asking price of less than $500,000. 307/7 Hope Street South Brisbane is listed for just $219,000. Picture: realestate.com.auWHILE units are proving a much more affordable prospect for first home buyers than stand-alone houses, in some capital cities buyers with less than $500,000 can still find themselves a long way from townNew analysis by CoreLogic has Brisbane as the only capital city on the eastern seaboard where spending $500,000 or less for a unit will get you into almost every suburb close to the CBD.And in many cases units were substantially cheaper and bigger than those in the southern capitals.last_img read more

Classic Transfer: Man United sign headstrong South American defender

first_img 3 3 The United faithful took the defender to their hearts and regular chants of ‘Ar-gen-tina’ rained down onto the pitch whenever an opponent found himself on the end of a full-bloodied challenge from Heinze.Matters began to turn sour when the Argentina international suffered serious cruciate ligament damage during a Champions League fixture against Villarreal and was ruled out for the majority of the 2005/06 campaign.On his return, Heinze had been usurped at full back by Patrice Evra and had to wait to force his way back into the first-team fold in the centre of defence.Unsatisfied with his route from stalwart to fringe player, Heinze nailed his colours to the mast in sensational fashion and attempted to engineer a move to United’s arch rivals Liverpool. Inadvisable actions.Sir Alex Ferguson quashed such attempts and declared that the defender would not be allowed to join a Premier League outfit, Anfield or otherwise.Following a very public spat a transfer tribunal ruled in United’s favour and, with the pair’s relationship broken beyond repair, Heinze was sold to Real Madrid in the summer of 2007.The Scotsman had dug his heels in and ensured that, once again, it was he, not his players, that held the power at Old Trafford.In truth, Heinze’s knee injury had robbed him of his pace and United got shot of a player whose best years were beyond him, even if his competitive streak still burned brightly.Heinze left the Theatre of Dreams with a Premier League and League Cup winners medal, but his reputation amongst the home crowd was in tatters.After two years in the Spanish capital, Heinze joined Marseille and seemed to have learned from the errors of his past prior to an encounter against United with his new side in the Champions League group stages in 2011.“I don’t have many regrets from my career as a footballer, but that episode with Ferguson has to be one of them. I’m impulsive and strong-willed and this has got me into trouble at times, which was the case when I left United,” Heinze declared.Although his former manager claimed to have no problem with the man who attempted to defect to Merseyside, the travelling United fanbase inside the Stade Velodrome were not so forgiving. Gabriel Heinze center_img Gabriel Heinze became Manchester United’s second signing of the summer when he agreed to join the Red Devils from Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of £6.9 million in June 2004.The first, Alan Smith, had caused plenty of controversy after deciding to swap Elland Road for Old Trafford, but it was the Stretford End’s feathers that were ruffled when the Argentine defender departed three years later.However, before Heinze burned several bridges, he proved to be an instant hit under Sir Alex Ferguson.The versatile defender, who possessed a tenacious attitude tailor made for the physicality of England’s top tier, became the club’s first-choice left back.Such was the seamless manner of his adjustment to the English game, Heinze became the first player from outside of Europe to win the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award at the end of his debut campaign on these shores.There was just no messing about with Heinze; just ask Gennaro Gattuso. 3last_img read more